Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Program
The Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) is a program launched in 1996 by NSERC, in response to a need for greater diversity and inclusion within the sciences and engineering. The goal of the NSERC CWSE program is“to increase the participation of women in science and engineering, and to provide role models for women active in, and considering, careers in these fields.” Additional information about the program can be found here

Five regional Chair positions are held at universities across Canada

The Chair holders are:

The Prairie Region Program
The CWSE in the Prairie Region focuses on three key areas:
  1. Encourage girls to consider careers in science and engineering professions through outreach and public advocacy with an emphasis on helping Indigenous girls in the Prairies learn about university programs involving science and engineering research.
  2. Celebrate women role models in science and engineering professions and enable female students to access them through a Prairie-wide research scholarship program, as well as mentorship programs.
  3. Examine the workplace environment of academics in science and engineering, and collaborate with five research-intensive universities in the Prairies to deliver strategic mechanisms to support women academics, for example, by offering professional development opportunities.